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 News    May 1, 2018

Alaska Commission on Aging to hold listening forums

The Alaska Commission on Aging is holding senior and elder listening forums in upcoming weeks, beginning in Anchorage and Palmer. Events will be open to seniors, family members, providers and all public members who are interested in issues...

 
 By Donn Liston    Columns    May 1, 2018

Legislative skits skewer, but too selectively

Easter was on April Fool's Day this year and Good Friday was chosen as a great time to feature the Annual Legislative Skits that began decades ago as a fundraiser for the Democratic Party. The show,...

 

Appreciation for advance directives bill

In life, death at some point is inevitable. While most accept that, many wonder, “Will it be comfortable?” When I was young I would say, “I hope I die in my sleep.” But later as an adult, I found that I no longer needed to settle for simply...

 
 By Hank Trout    Columns    May 1, 2018

Long-term AIDS survivor yearns to just dance

Editor's note: This column is part of an ongoing series provided by the Diverse Elders Coalition, www.diverseelders.org. It's 1959 and I'm six years old. My family has gathered at my grandparents' hou...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    May 1, 2018

New shingles vaccine provides better protection

Dear Savvy Senior: A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? -- Suspicious Susan Dear Susan: Yes! If you’re 50 or older, there’s a new shingles vaccine on the market that’s...

 
 News    May 1, 2018

Medicare beneficiaries at risk from card-replacement scams

Editor’s note: This press release was received April 10, 2018. As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    May 1, 2018

Medicare Summary Notices: Understanding claims and catching waste

Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) are a great tool for beneficiaries and I highly recommend learning how to read them. They may appear a bit intimidating at the outset, but once you learn how to review...

 

May brings last of the spring health fair events

We are in our final month of a very active spring 2018 health fair season; so if you haven’t made it to an event yet, head on over to one of the last spring events available. Make it to one of these final spring events in your local community...

 

The moldy truth about leftovers and food safety

I do not waste food and am chagrined watching my daughter’s family throw out expensive organic fruit and vegetables forgotten in the back of their refrigerator. Today, I tossed $4 worth of my favorite low fat organic yogurt because I noticed...

 
 By Dana Paperman    Health    May 1, 2018

Tai chi instructors certified to train Alaskans

In partnership with the State of Alaska, Dept. of Health and Social Services, the Seward, Kenai and Fairbanks senior centers sponsored educational workshops to "train the trainer" in Tai Chi For Arthr...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    May 1, 2018

New research on growing brain cells, gene therapy for strokes, dairy for men

Hidden brain benefits found in older adults A new study for the first time is suggesting that healthy older men and women can generate just as many new brain cells as younger people. There has been co...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in May. This month’s focus is part two of a presentation on basic spiritual needs throughout life, what may or may not change when someone is living...

 
 By Alan M. Schlein    News    May 1, 2018

Federal budget woes and wins for seniors

Lawmakers defend the federal budget, passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump at the end of March, by repeating a quotation attributed to Otto von Bismarck: "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being...

 

I now pronounce you man and wife

It was 45 years ago this month that I married Gary in the front yard of my home in Glennallen. As the wedding party stood and all the guests sat facing toward the grove of poplar trees, frogs croaked...

 
 By David Washburn    Columns    May 1, 2018

Are family blogs over? Long live the hard copy

For years, I kept a blog with updates about my family. School events, vacations, celebrations were written up and posted to the blog, along with lots of photos. The blog was a more convenient way to...

 

Memorial celebrates late Alaskan filmmaker

Emmy award-winning Alaskan filmmaker William (Bill) Bacon III, headed North to the Last Frontier in 1946, making a living as a cinematographer and photographer for over 50 years. An animal trainer...

 

Older Americans celebrations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau

The Anchorage Senior Citizens Advisory Commission invites everyone to the annual Older Americans Month Kickoff Event at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center on May 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This free event features refreshments, entertainment,...

 

Remembering the Battle of Attu, 75 years later

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu, a lineup of art shows, panel discussions, films and other events will be held in various Anchorage venues from May 17 to May 19. All events are free and open to the public. Here’s a...

 
 News    May 1, 2018

Alaska Commission on Aging to meet, May 1

The Alaska Commission on Aging will hold its quarterly meeting Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The meeting will be held via videoconference and teleconference, available at sites listed below, or statewide via toll-free telephone. The meeting takes place 8:45...

 
 News    May 1, 2018

Networking for Anchorage area providers

Interested in learning more about businesses and agencies providing senior services in the Anchorage area? Want to get the word out about your own service? The monthly Service Providers Breakfast (formally known as the Interagency Breakfast),...

 

Ruby was once the Gem of the Yukon

One northern town became an integral part of Alaska's gold rush history after prospectors sifting through red rocks along a creek south of the Yukon River thought they had found rubies mixed with...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2018

'Happy Days' and more in new Marion Ross memoir

From 1974 to 1984, TV audiences knew Marion Ross as the sitcom mom dispensing patience and wisdom during the 11-season run of the ABC hit series "Happy Days." But Marion's days were not entirely hap...

 

An attorney is the guardian of a person's voice in court

Adult guardianship cases are kind of a big deal. And sometimes, they’re difficult. On one side you have the Respondent. This is typically someone who has some kind of dementia, mental health issue,...

 
 By Bob DeLaurentis    Columns    May 1, 2018

Facebook, Google, Instagram: Privacy doesn't exist

Q. Is there a way for me to figure out what Facebook knows about me? A. Facebook knows more about you than you know about yourself. That might sound like a joke, but I am dead serious. Facebook not only knows everything you have ever told it, it...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    May 1, 2018

Spring brings fish and fowl to Alaska

A safe haven for birds to breed There were times when I flew the milk run from Seattle to Juneau and stopped in at Yakutat - a place that always fascinated me. With its thick, deep green forests and...

 

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